Sex crimes are some of the most serious offenses that a person can be charged with in Wisconsin. Even the accusation of a sexual offense can be devastating. If you have been arrested for or charged with a sex crime, you need to speak to an attorney about your rights.
At The Singleton Law Firm, LLC, we represent individuals who are facing accusations of sex crimes in Milwaukee and Waukesha. Our lawyers are dedicated advocates who will help you understand your rights and defend against the charges. We know the law and are committed to helping our clients seek justice. If you are facing sex crime charges, contact our office at (262) 581-4114 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Sex Crime Charges
In Wisconsin, many sex offenses are charged under the broad umbrella of sexual assault. Sexual assaults are broken down into four categories, first through fourth-degree, with first-degree sexual assaults being the most serious. A few sex crimes, such as prostitution and solicitation, are considered separate offenses.
Common sex crime charges in Wisconsin:
- Sexual assault - In Wisconsin, a large percentage of sex crimes are charged as sexual assaults. Depending on the type of crime, the victim, and other factors, they will be charged with a first through fourth-degree assault. Except for fourth-degree, all other sexual assault charges are considered felonies.
- Indecent exposure - Indecent exposure falls under the crime of lewd and lascivious behavior. Section 944.20 of the Wisconsin Statutes notes that a person may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if they commit an indecent act of sexual gratification while others are around or expose their genitals publicly.
- Prostitution - Under state law, a person may be charged with prostitution if they have or offer to have “nonmarital intercourse for anything of value.” If convicted, a person may face a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
- Solicitation - If a person intentionally solicits a person to engage in prostitution, they may be convicted of a Class H felony. A Class H felony is punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
If you are charged with a sex crime, you could face significant penalties. You must consult with a sex crime defense attorney as early in the process as possible. An attorney can help determine how to proceed with your case.
Sexual Assault Charges in Wisconsin
Sexual assault charges are broken down into four categories under Section 940.225 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Most sexual offenses are grouped into these categories.
Sexual assault offenses under Wisconsin law:
- First-degree sexual assault - First-degree sexual assault is the most serious offense. It is punishable by a Class B felony and punishable by up to 60 years in prison. First-degree sexual assault involves any non-consensual sexual contact or intercourse that causes great bodily harm or pregnancy to another person. It can also involve the use or threat of use of a dangerous weapon or when the victim is over the age of 60.
- Second-degree sexual assault - A person charged with second-degree sexual assault may be convicted of a Class C felony. A Class C felony is
punishable by up to 40 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $100,000. A second-degree sexual assault involves any non-consensual sexual contact or intercourse that is done by threat of force or violence.
- Third-degree sexual assault - Third-degree sexual assault involves any non-consensual sexual contact or intercourse. It does not have to include the use of threats or violence. If convicted, a person may face a Class G felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
- Fourth-degree sexual assault - Any non-consensual sexual contact will generally be charged as fourth-degree sexual assault. If convicted, a person may face a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to nine months in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Sexual assault charges are serious. A conviction can be life-changing, affecting where you can live and work. It is important to know that there are defenses that may arise in your case, including that the other person consented to the contact or that you were falsely accused.
Arrested for a Sex Crime in Milwaukee or Waukesha? Contact Our Office.
If you were arrested for a sex crime in Milwaukee or the surrounding areas, contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Call (262) 581-4114 to speak directly with a member of our criminal defense team. We will help guide you through the legal process and assist in building a strategic defense to your case. Get the experienced representation you need now. Call to get started.